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HUGHES, Ted. The Tiger's Bones.
New York : 1974First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, with ten million thanks & love from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting. Stephanie Bennett is a film... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 119990
SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakspeare's Dramatic Works:
London : 1830An arresting example of the bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care that the age was lavishing on the national playwright.
The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar William Harness (1790-1869), who... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 129641
MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.
London : 1957First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 23 March 1965". The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors and a friend of Mishima's.
Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145159
BURNEY, Fanny - JOHNSON, R. Brimley (ed.) Fanny Burney and the Burneys.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of this biographical work on Fanny Burney. The work includes additions to Madame d'Arblay's diary, letters by Susan Burney, a journal of the Worcestershire Burneys, and a selection of the works of Dr Burney, his children, and grandchildren. Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 81598
DICKENS, Charles. Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son.
London : 1846-8First edition, in the original monthly parts published from September 1846 to March 1848, here an especially fresh and clean set of the novel "now recognized as one of the greatest of all his works... It is also the first one to have an explicitly contemporary setting" (ODNB).
The parts are accompanied by Hablot K. Browne's additional "Four Portraits",... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136251
HOOD, Thomas (ed.) The Pledge of Friendship:
London : First edition of this gift book, which includes many works by Lord Byron, the abolitionist John Bicknell and extracts from contemporary travel books, such as "A Coffee House at Sarabuse described". Completing the work is an illustrated memoranda for 1826, listing important events which took place on certain days in each month. The Pledge of Friendship... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 123843
HODGSON, William Hope. The Ghost Pirates.
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of Hodgson's landmark work, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "N. Rendall, Esq. from William Hope Hodgson - 'May we be friends e'en though we disagree'. Sept. 21st '09." Rare inscribed, with no other copies traced. Hailed as one of the best novel-length works of supernatural fiction... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 101607
MASSINGER, Philip. The Plays.
London : 1813An attractive set of the second Gifford edition, first published in 1805. "Gifford's editorial work as a textual scholar is accomplished. He produced various editions of English dramatists Philip Massinger's Plays, Ben Jonson's Works, John Ford's Dramatic Works The editorial apparatus of these collections often manifests that peculiarly Giffordian... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118085
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Belle and the Dragon.
London : 1894First edition, in bright condition, of this uncommonly found allegorical children's fantasy. The work, set in the mythic land of Ravendale, features lightly disguised versions of Waite and his cohort. In "all his work Waite presented himself as a non-denominational mystic", here named "the Mystic", and depicted at page 95 (ODNB). Copies have been traced... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141596
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz.
20 November 1940-17 Jul 1967A collection of documents from the archive of Victor Gollancz, the first publisher of George Orwell, regarding the publication of his books. The archive of Victor Gollancz was sold by the firm's parent company in recent years, from whom the material was directly acquired. The contents include carbon copies of letters sent from Gollancz to Orwell and... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 131761
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
Benares : 1885-88First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
LAWRENCE, Margery. The Rent in the Veil.
London : 1951First edition, first impression. Margery Lawrence (1889-1969) was a prolific author and self-proclaimed Bohemian whose interest and adventures in Spiritualism influenced almost all of her output of short stories, poetry, detective, fantasy, and romance novels. Her first work, a book of poems, Songs of Childhood, and Other Verses was published by her... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 84684
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Zapiski iz mertvago doma (Notes from the House of the Dead).
St Petersburg : 1862First complete edition, very rare presentation copy to Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov (1817-1897), inscribed by the author in Russian at the head of the first half-title, "Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov, from the author, in memory, with respect and sincere devotion".
A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's brother Mikhail were... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 125557
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
29 Oct 1936-27 Aug 1958Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, including the original contract for the work. Orwell's classic study of industrial poverty in the north of England remains in print today, and is among the most esteemed and best-known of his non-fiction books.
After Orwell finished... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 131757
CUMBERLAND, Richard. The Observer: Being a Collection of Moral, Literary and Familiar Essays.
London : 1786-1788First edition of the first four volumes of Cumberland's Observer, comprising 125 essays. A fifth volume with a further 27 essays followed in 1790. "Although Cumberland will largely be remembered as a playwright, he was more than merely a man of letters. His novel Arundel (1789), written in epistolary form, begs comparison with Samuel Richardson's Sir... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 106964
MORRIS, William. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung.
London : 1877First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. He had published a prose translation, in collaboration with Eirikr Magnusson, in 1870, though this edition presents the first appearance of his solo poetic treatment of the epic. "This four-book narrative in resounding... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129025
PUDNEY, John. And Lastly the Fireworks. Stories.
London : 1935First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Gertie: from John. Nov 1935". The recipient was the British engraver and sculptor Gertrude Hermes. Learn More£55.00
Stock Code: 74030
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Original drawing: the Prophet Almustafa.
1923 or afterOriginal drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
Gibran (1883-1931) emigrated from Lebanon... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 130660
OATES, Joyce Carol. Typed letter signed, on the prospect of the novel in the 1970s.
20 November 1969Typed letter signed from the American novelist Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938), on her projections for literature in the 1970s. Oates writes in response to the Toronto Star journalist Ray Gardner (1919-1997), who requested her opinion on literary developments as part of a series of letters to prominent individuals requesting their outlook on the coming... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141395
BRENAN, Gerald. The Literature of the Spanish People.
Cambridge : 1951First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy from the author to his brother Hugh Blair Brenan and his wife Marjorie Rhoda Brenan, inscribed on the front free endpaper "to Blair and Rhoda from Gerald".
An English bohemian on the peripheries of the Bloomsbury Group, Brenan lived in Spain from 1919 onwards, until he had to flee the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145824
DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord. The King of Elfland's Daughter.
London : 1924First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 250 copies only, signed by Dunsany on the preface and Sidney H. Sime on the frontispiece. The jacket, issued in a slightly bigger format to envelope the book, is thus often found in piteous state, unlike here.
Though now recognised as one of the greatest works of fantasy literature, the work received... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145661
FELICITE, Stéphanie, comtesse de Genlis. Tales of the Castle.
London : 1806Eighth Edition, in a handsome period binding with the gift inscription on the front free endpaper of volume 1: "Cecilia Charlotte Leeson, The Gift of Her fond mamma on her birthday the 3rd of March 1808". Cecelia Charlotte Leeson (1801-1818) was the daughter of the Irish peer Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown (1730-1801), and stepdaughter to Valentine... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 138487
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
London : 1899Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, with Wilde's name in square brackets to the title page, and line 17 on page 15 printed as: "And loud they sang, and loud they sang", as in his last authorized edition of 1899. Wilde published this work under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after his cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C).
The... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144053
AMORY, Thomas. The Life of John Buncle, Esq;
London : 1756First edition of one of the more extraordinary novels of the 18th century, much admired by Lamb, Leigh Hunt and Hazlitt, who described John Buncle as "the English Rabelais", saying of the author, "the soul of Francis Rabelais passed into... Amory" (The Round Table, XVIII, 1817); a new edition was published in 1825 "very likely on Hazlitt's recommendation"... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 124891
BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Beauties of English Poesy.
London : 1767First edition, complete with the half-titles and contents leaves in both volumes. This is a particularly nice copy, in a handsome unrestored contemporary binding, of this scarce anthology of English poetry selected by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), published the year after The Vicar of Wakefield.
The selection includes such near-contemporary... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 143778
DICKENS, Charles. Original autograph leaf from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
[London : before April 1837]Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the printers. Fewer than 50 of... Learn More£97,500.00
Stock Code: 124911
BURNE-JONES, Edward (illus.); MacLAREN, Archibald. The Fairy Family.
London : 1857First edition, in an attractive custom binding in notably bright condition. This work features Edward Burne-Jones's first book illustrations, done while still at Oxford and published anonymously at his own request. This copy appears to have been bound for the liberal politician and medieval scholar Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941) with his and his brother's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142951
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
London : 1839First edition, bound from the monthly parts, complete with the Maclise portrait and 39 plates and copiously extra-illustrated with two sets of contemporary plates issued by other publishers to accompany the book as it appeared in parts.
"Whether by the same or rival publishers, extra-illustrations became part of the marketing of his works...... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145078
HARFORD, John S. The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti.
London : 1858Second edition of this important life of Michelangelo, first published the previous year; Harford included an index and in his new preface notes that he has "added a few interesting anecdotes which came to his knowledge after its publication, and has introduced in the concluding chapter some critical remarks on the nature of Michael Angelo's genius,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 133492
DERLETH, August. The Memoirs of Solar Pons; The Return of Solar Pons; The Reminiscences of Solar Pons; The Casebook of Solar Pons.
Sauk City, WI : 1951-58-61-65First editions, first printings, inscribed copies of four early titles in Derleth's Solar Pons series, of which there were 11 works. All these copies are inscribed by the author to F. H. Hollander (1915-2000) of the American Astronomical Society. The dust jackets were designed by Frank Utpatel, who also produced jackets for Arkham House. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 122564
CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia; The Viceroy of Ouidah; On the Black Hill; The Songlines; Utz; What Am I Doing Here.
London : 1977-89First editions, first impressions, of all of Chatwin's works published in his lifetime. Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. His first book In Patagonia established his reputation as a travel writer. In 1982 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel for his... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 117554
BAUM, L. Frank - Ruth Plumly Thompson. The Silver Princess in Oz.
Chicago : 1938First edition, first printing, first state "A" binding with spine illustration of Handy Mandy's face. The 31st Oz book, one of the works. Scarce in such good condition. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 99736
GRAVES, Robert. Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; [together with] Proceed, Sergeant Lamb.
London : 1940 & 1941First editions, first impressions, of Graves' retelling of the experiences of Roger Lamb as a British soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and based on the actual Roger Lamb's autobiographical works. "Each book can be read independently of the other" (blurb), and are rarely found together and in such good condition.
George Orwell, writing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147253
WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: Second Series.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, of the second of the two volumes of Woolf's Common Reader, collecting critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared in various publications. With a Hogarth Press advertisement for the works of Virginia Woolf loosely inserted. Hogarth Press books are notoriously fragile, this copy is remarkably... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145071
DE CHAIR, Somerset. The First Crusade.
London : 1945First edition in English, signed limited issue of 500 copies, of which 100 were specially bound in full vellum; this copy being number 4. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Gathorne, from a tired Crusader, this account of those who enjoyed on the road to Jerusalem 'a Happy Martyrdom,' Somerset de Chair, Wingfield Morris... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 120134
GREENAWAY, Kate. Collection of works.
1870-1930A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.
The collection comprises four presentation copies... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 144492
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily & Anne. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.
Oxford : 1931Large paper issue of the Shakespeare Head edition of the novels of the Brontë sisters, number 41 of 500 copies of the American issue, the whole edition having been equally divided between Great Britain and the USA, extremely scarce in the attractive publisher's binding.
These handsomely produced collected works include two of the most power... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 86989
FISKE, John. The Writings.
Cambridge : 1902Riverside Press edition. Number 14 of 1,000 sets only. Fiske was considered "one of the most important intellectual influences in the last quarter of the 19th century. He was probably the most admirably fitted among all his contemporaries to lead the fight for evolution among his countrymen, and the charm of his historical writings and lectures not... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 117369
EVANS, Walker (illus.); CRANE, Hart. The Bridge
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom praised... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 83569
SELLAR, W. Y. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.
Oxford : 1899Handsomely bound copy of this overview of Roman poetry. Sellar's works, including "The Roman Poets of the Republic (1863), The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil (1877), and Horace and the Elegiac Poets, edited by W. P. Ker (1892) were all remarkable examples of sound and sensitive literary criticism" (ODNB). Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140818
TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Kellys and the O'Kellys.
London : 1859Second edition of Trollope's second novel, in practice the earliest obtainable as the first edition, published in three volumes in 1848, is a great rarity (last listed at auction in 1979).
With the Ingram family armorial bookplate which is likely to denote the ownership of John Henry Ingram (1842-1916), a literary critic, and the biographer and... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 79601
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
CURTIS, James. The Gilt Kid; There Ain't No Justice; You're In the Racket, Too.
London : 1936-7First edition, first impressions, of the first three novels by the undeservedly obscure James Curtis, whose works rivalled those of his contemporaries Graham Greene and Christopher Isherwood. Curtis, after a middle class upbringing, embraced leftist politics and turned to the underworld, writing novels about criminals, prostitutes, and boxers. After... Learn More£3,800.00
Stock Code: 49960
KELMSCOTT PRESS: CAXTON, William (trans). The History of Reynard the Foxe.
Hammersmith : 1892 Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper, from a total edition of 310 copies. In his note requested by Quaritch as a puff, Morris commented: "this translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145992
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily & Anne. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.
Oxford : 1931-38Limited to 1,000 copies. The Shakespeare Head set of the Brontë sisters is generally regarded as the finest set of the authors' collected works, attractively printed and here handsomely bound. This set includes all the novels, their life and correspondence, and their miscellaneous writings; two volumes of their poetry were also published by the Press... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 120105
DRYDEN, John. The Fables …
London : 1796First editions with these Bartolozzi engravings, the only two works illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc, here together in handsome contemporary full morocco. Dryden's adaptations of Chaucer and Boccaccio were among the chief reasons for his perhaps surprisingly high place in the esteem of the Romantic poets, especially Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Scott,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 118718
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
Philadelphia : 1842Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 90110
CRANE, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. An Episode of the American Civil War.
New York : 1895First edition, first printing, first issue; exceptionally rare in the dust jacket. The Red Badge of Courage is considered one of the most influential works in American literature. The novel, a depiction of the cruelty of the American Civil War, features a young recruit who overcomes initial fears to become a hero on the battlefield. The book made Crane... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 49515
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There were also 250 numbered and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 125774
JAMES, Henry. The Ambassadors.
New York & London : 1904First US edition, second printing (dated a year after the first), presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Mary Jameson Judah in remembrance of March 16th and 17th 1905. Henry James".
Mary Jameson Judah (1851-1930) was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in both Memphis - where her... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131659
FLEMING, Ian. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.
London : [1955-6]Ian Fleming's revised typescript of Diamonds are Forever, with numerous autograph additions, revealing Fleming's working practices as he honed the fourth Bond novel into its final shape. Original manuscripts and typescripts of Fleming's major works are extremely rare on the market.
The typescript is peppered throughout with authorial tweaks,... Learn More£350,000.00
Stock Code: 145630
DONLEAVY, J. P. The Ginger Man.
Paris : First edition, first printing (priced 1,500 francs on rear cover), of Donleavy's first novel. Published in the same year as the most famous of all Olympia publications, Nabokov's Lolita, Donleavy's debut novel was issued, to the author's horror, as a pornographic novel in the Traveller's Companion Series. Donleavy went to considerable effort to rescue... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130315
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470